Have you ever needed peace? Have you ever found yourself lacking joy?
When I think about peace and joy, two things I am certain we would love more of, I am drawn to the moments that led up to the death of Jesus.
Here Jesus is recorded telling some of His closest friends, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”
As difficult as this is to hear, there is something about this statement that resonates with you and I… that Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, experienced some pretty real emotions.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Jesus goes on to pray that if possible, He would not have to die this way, but He then says to God, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
You want to talk about peace?! This right here is what it looks like to possess peace. Willingly offering yourself to be hung on a cross.
And why? As the Bible puts it, “For the joy set before him he endured the cross.”
The ‘joy’ being the thought of spending eternity with you through the salvation He would offer.
Again, talk about real joy?!
Now you may be thinking, that’s great for Jesus, but what about me?
In the book of John, Jesus tells us two things across two different chapters that I believe will encourage you greatly.
Hear this… He says, “My peace I give you” and in another chapter, “So that my joy may be in you.”
Notice how Jesus isn’t just offering any kind of peace and joy – these are personalised.
The same peace and the same joy that brought Jesus through what was no doubt the hardest point in His life, is the same peace and joy He has made available to you.
I’ve got a feeling that if Jesus could walk through this, you and I can walk through anything.
Whatever circumstances you find yourself up against today, whatever struggles you may be facing, remind yourself constantly of this, ‘the peace and joy of God Himself is at work on the inside of me.’
I think you’ll be amazed by how you see life from that moment forward.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.